If you have a terminal illness or have become seriously ill or disabled, you may need to think about the care you will receive in the final months of your life.
Advance planning can give you the opportunity to think about your wishes and feelings about how you would like to be cared for, and to discuss these with family, friends and medical and social care professionals working with you.
Health services in Devon have produced a Planning for your future care booklet, which you can use to record your wishes. It also has sections on making a will, putting your affairs in order and planning a funeral.
Dying Matters in Devon is our health and social care strategy for making sure that people in Devon have the best quality of care in the last days of their life.
There are a range of organisations which can provide information about planning for end of life
- Cancer Research UK – information for people with terminal cancers
- Marie Curie Cancer Care – practical information about caring for people with a terminal illness
- Macmillan – information about the practical and emotional aspects of end of life care
- Dying Matters – a national coalition which aims to change public attitudes about dying and bereavement
Age UK provides a range of helpful information on the emotional, practical and financial aspects of bereavement for anyone dealing with the death of a family member or friend.
Information about care standards
- Gold Standards Framework – helps doctors, nurses and care assistants provide the highest possible standards of care
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – information about quality standards in care